Board Rejects Skunk Train’s Bid to Use Great Redwood Trail Tracks – The Ukiah Daily Journal

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In a press release this week, State Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) reported that the Great Redwood Trail had cleared another hurdle.

According to McGuire, “The Federal Surface Transportation Board has firmly rejected the offer of the Mendocino Railway (also known as The Skunk Train) Company to take over 13 miles of the Great Redwood Trail, (opening) the way for one of Great Redwood Trail’s most significant milestones to date – forever protecting and preserving 175 miles of track through the rail banking process. This will allow the Great Redwood Trail to begin digging into those miles of line and ensure that the old railway right-of-way remains public property in perpetuity.

“This is a momentous day for the future of the North Shore and the Great Redwood Trail,” McGuire said in the statement. “With this proposal firmly rejected by the Federal Government, I am delighted that we are once and for all beginning to move earth and build large swaths of the Great Redwood Trail.”

McGuire also notes that the timing of the council’s decision “couldn’t be better” as it is hosting a town hall on Monday to “review the Great Redwood Trail Masterplan process.” The public is encouraged to join and be part of the online event. Some of the country’s top trail designers and experts will be taking part in this highly anticipated kickoff.

The completed trail would stretch 320 miles on the old railroad from San Francisco Bay to Humboldt Bay, “through and near some of the most spectacular scenery on earth, including ancient redwoods, state and national parks, rolling hills dotted with golden oaks, lush vineyards and along the banks of the Eel and Russian Rivers,” McGuire said.

On Monday, McGuire said, “we will discuss all aspects of the master planning process which is expected to take 24 to 36 months. We’ll go into all the details, including trail construction and alignment, schedule, budget, wildfire prevention and safety, community and neighbor engagement, and all other steps. important ones that will be advanced in the months to come.

Town Hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. on October 24 and you can attend by clicking this link to RSVP: https://sd02.senate.ca.gov/october-24-great-redwood-trail- master-plan -coup-de-municipality

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